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Faith and Family Help Shape the Life of a Black Teenage Girl in ‘Jinn’

Faith and Family Help Shape the Life of a Black Teenage Girl in 'Jinn'

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Jinn

Logline: A shape-shifting, pepperoni-loving, black teenage Instagram celebrity converts to Islam. Here’s what happens.

Elevator Pitch: 
“Jinn” is a “sweet & serious” coming of age dramedy about a carefree black girl, Summer, whose world is turned upside down when her mother converts to Islam, sending her on a quest for self-definition. It’s a fun, fresh exploration of identity, Islam, millennial culture, and new media. The story is loosely drawn from my upbringing and explores religious interpretation and shifting family dynamics.

Production Team:
Writer/Director/Co-Producer: Nijla Mu’min
Producer: Avril Speaks
Director of Photography: Topher Osborn (“Dear White People”)

About the Film:
Some of my earliest memories are in a masjid, making salat alongside women in silk and rayon scarves. I want Summer and Jade’s conversion to reflect the very distinct sensory details that shaped the world I was born into.

Further, this story reflects the duality of my own identity, and my upbringing in a black, half-Islamic home, negotiating Juma prayers, Lil’ Kim CD’s, and early sexuality. I want to create a film with all the trappings of popular coming of age films, but which allow for a black teen girl to serve as our lens into understanding a larger issue.

Current Status: We are fundraising and in the beginning stages of pre-production.

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